Best of Belize: The Barrier Reef & Guatemala

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Trip Length: 12 Days/ 11 Nights

Prices from: $3,999 pp/do*

Single Price: $3,579 pp

2014 Dates: Jan 10, 24, Feb 07

Ships: Grande Mariner

Notes: Port Charges $250.00 per person. Select cabins available as single occupancy.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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ACCL caribbean01 Best of Belize: The Barrier Reef & Guatemala

There is a joyous simplicity about Belize. Somehow this small country leaves an indelible impression on all visitors. From viewing wildlife, nature and Mayan ruins to snorkeling over the second largest barrier reef in the world, Belize has something for everyone. Choose from our 11-night itineraries which include Guatemala featuring an optional bus tour to a Mayan ruins site, or the Bay Islands in Honduras featuring Roatan and exceptional snorkeling opportunities.

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Day 1: Belize City, Belize - Welcome to paradise as you embark in Belize City for an adventure along the amazing Barrier Reef.  Transfers from airport to ship today are provided.

 

Day 2: Southwater Cay, Belize - Our onboard naturalist helps you explore breathtaking Southwater Cay, a private, 12-acre island listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With fascinating reef ecosystems, discover tropical fish and colorful coral when you swim, snorkel or kayak.

 

Day 3: Glovers Reef, Belize - Slip on your swimsuits and jump into the turquoise waters of Glovers Reef lagoon as we bow land amidst a living coral reef and diverse species of fish.

 

Day 4: Placencia, Belize - dramatic bow landing in Placencia takes you from the ship to the shores of this charming Caribbean village, where the gentle pace of island lifestyle surrounds you. Later, witness wildlife in its natural habitat during an optional guided tour of the Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve.

 

Day 5: Lime Cay, Belize - Today swim and snorkel in the clear green waters of Lime Cay.

 

Day 6: Punta Gorda, Belize/Livingston, Guatemala - Visit Belize’s southernmost city of Punta Gorda, home to a unique mix of Garifuna, Creole, and Mayan cultures. Cross into Guatemala, stop­ping in Livingston, a colorful Garifuna beach town.

 

Day 7: Castillo de San Felipe, Guatemala/Nana Juana, Guatemala - In Guatemala cruise the gorgeous Rio Dulce, brimming with lush, dramatic gorges. Tour Castillo de San Felipe, a 400-year-old Spanish fort built to protect Lake Izabal from pirates! Docked at the Nana Juana Eco-hotel and Marina, you will relish the spectacular setting, pool and hot tub, then venture to the heart of unspoiled tropical forests on an optional jungle trail and canopy tour.

 

Day 8: Casa Guatemala, Rio Dulce, Guatemala - An optional excursion transports you to another time as you tour the Quirigua Mayan Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Behold outstanding 8th century monuments and a series of carved stelae, considered by archaeologists to be the finest example of Mayan carving anywhere. Later, visit the Casa Guatemala orphanage and spend time with these inspiring and hopeful children. Then cruise again along the Rio Dulce, covered with teak, mahogany and palm trees. Search for howler monkeys, toucans and picturesque waterfalls as you cruise among the verdant hillsides.

 

Day 9: Punta Gorda, Belize - Return to Punta Gorda for a day of tropical relaxation. Take an optional excursion and indulge in the decadence of traditional Mayan chocolate as you visit a local cocoa farm, including lunch with the farmer’s family, then tour a local chocolate factory. This afternoon, lounge in sunny splendor on the top deck or stroll along the waterfront.

 

Day 10: West Snake Cay, Belize - At gorgeous West Snake Cay, a bow landing brings you up-close for premier water sports in the unspoiled inner lagoon of the Belize Coastal Zone.

 

Day 11: Goff Cay, Belize/Belize City, Belize - Goff Cay sits on the edge of the Barrier Reef. Here, warm waters support thriving popula­tions of lobster and conch. Tonight in Belize City a steel drum band performs.

 

Day 12: Belize City, Belize - Disembark in Belize City.  We provide transfers from ship to airport today.

Photo Credit: Blount Small Ship Adventures